When to go to Milan: climate, best time and tips month by month

Milan, the Italian capital of fashion, is a city that is always worth visiting. Vitale, in constant ferment and chaotic, at any time of the year is able to give you a pleasant and stimulating stay.
But is it true that in Milan there is always fog, or that it always rains? Surely encountering rain in Milan is not a rare event, but traveling in the right season it will not be difficult to find beautiful sunny days.
So let’s find out together what is the climate and temperatures of Milan , and what can be done in the different seasons.

Climate, Average Temperatures and Precipitation

Month Average temperature (min / max) Rainy days
January -1 ° / 6 ° 7
February 0 ° / 9 ° 7
March 4 ° / 14 ° 8
April 7 ° / 17 ° 8
May 12 ° / 22 ° 8
June 15 ° / 26 ° 8
July 18 ° / 29 ° 6
August 18 ° / 29 ° 7
September 14 ° / 24 ° 5
October 9 ° / 18 ° 7
November 4 ° / 11 ° 9
December 0 ° / 6 ° 6
  • Best period : May-June and September-October, with a preference for June and September. between January-February and September-October there is the Fashion Week, in April the Salone del Mobile
  • Period to avoid : no one in particular, but autumn (from the end of October) is gray, the winter is harsh and rainy, the spring blooms late (towards the end of April)

The climate of Milan is humid temperate, with a significant annual temperature range, characterized by cold and humid winters and hot and sultry summers .
Precipitation is distributed throughout the year, even if the wettest period is spring . From May to August, afternoon or evening thunderstorms are possible.

The best times to visit Milan are May-June and September-October . In any case, you must always plan a few rainy days. The Milanese summer can be very hot and sultry, certainly June is the best month from this point of view, in which you can easily find sunny days but with a bearable temperature.

When to go to Milan: the cheapest period

In reality it is difficult to say which is the cheapest period to visit Milan: all seasons offer different reasons to attract tourists, and you will hardly find a less crowded period than others.
The autumn and winter months are the best choice from an economic point of view , if they do not coincide with events.

Milan in Spring

Milan blooms in spring: the season begins with still unstable weather, but from mid-April to the end of May the city will give you beautiful sunny days, with mild and pleasant temperatures . However, it is not uncommon to come across rains and downpours, Atlantic disturbances, in fact, are quite frequent.
However, this is certainly the best season to visit Milan , you can take the opportunity to visit the Duomo and the Terraces or to discover the city with a walking tour.taking advantage of the favorable climate. You can also enjoy long and pleasant walks in the green of the city parks and gardens, such as the Sempione park or the Guastalla Gardens. You can take advantage of the spring blooms to go and admire the Italian tulips in Cornaredo, just outside Milan.
But spring in Milan means Salone del Mobile and, above all, FuoriSalone with its events and exhibitions open to all. At the end of April it is an event not to be missed!

Milan in Summer

The Milanese summer is hot and muggy , and quite sunny. The heat is exacerbated by the humidity of the air and poor ventilation, typical conditions of the Po Valley. However, thunderstorms can often break out in the afternoon and evening.
Visiting the city this season can be a nice tour de force, but don’t be discouraged, you can take the opportunity to experience the city without the chaos that characterizes it in other seasons .
There are also numerous events that light up the evenings and nights in Milan. There are open-air cinema evenings, summer concerts, the Sforza Summer, with dance performances, concerts and theatrical performances to animate the Cortile delle Armi of the Castello Sforzesco.

Milan in Autumn

Autumn in Milan can give you several beautiful sunny days, with mild temperatures from September to early October, then moving towards November the weather becomes gray and rainy. Autumn represents the rainiest season of the year , not so much because of the rainy days (which are more frequent in spring), but rather because the rain tends to last for many hours, sometimes even all day. Certainly not the ideal condition for exploring the city.
You can take advantage of the beautiful days for nice walks in the city parks, to admire them in their splendid autumnal dress, with its warm colors (Parco Sempione is beautiful in autumn); or on rainy days you can take the opportunity to visit one of the beautiful museums in Milan such as theLast Supper and the Brera Art Gallery .

In addition, in September do not miss the Milan Fashion Week with the spring / summer collection, one of the events that every year, twice a year, attracts many visitors and fashion enthusiasts!

Milan in Winter

Winter in Milan is rather cold, humid and gray, with temperatures often remaining around freezing , and the sky overcast for long periods. Fog, once very frequent, has become quite rare within the city. Winter is the relatively driest season of the year, although rainy days can still be found; snow also falls every year, but it is never too abundant.

Visiting Milan in this season can however reserve you wonderful surprises, especially if you travel during the Christmas period, with its beautiful lights, the skating rinks and the Christmas tree in Piazza Duomo.
Do not miss the Oh Bej fair ! Oh Bej!, Christmas market and one of the most rooted and ancient Milanese traditions, which opens every year on 7 December, on the occasion of Sant’Ambrogio, patron saint of the city. Find the market at the Castello Sforzesco , and in its stalls you will find antiques, crafts and confectionery products.
If, on the other hand, you travel in February, you must not miss the Ambrosian Carnival , which is celebrated four days after Shrove Tuesday, with the Great Historical Procession and the final show in Piazza Duomo.

How to dress: what to pack

  • In winter : bring coats and warm clothing, don’t forget gloves, scarves and an umbrella just in case.
  • In summer : the Milanese summer can be hot, we recommend that you bring light cotton clothes and comfortable, open shoes.
  • In autumn and spring : for the middle seasons, the ideal is to dress in layers, combining lighter garments with sweaters and heavy jackets. Umbrella is a must, as these are the two wettest seasons ever!

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